Finding Creative Ways to Understand the Meaning of the Jewish Holidays
Our Early Childhood students have been engaged in creative, inspirational, and developmentally-appropriate learning about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We love helping to build the foundation for their Jewish learning at such a young age! Here are just a few of the activities they’ve done to prepare for the chagim:
Working on letter and word recognition using holiday words
Putting Pom Pom “seeds” on our number pomegranates to practice recognizing numbers and counting 1 to 1
Making applesauce for Rosh Hashanah
Creating a “Calming Bottle” for Yom Kippur
Baking a birthday cake for the "world"
Celebrating the world's birthday during snack time with cake, strawberry, icing, and sprinkles
Listening to a Rosh Hashanah story about celebrating the world's birthday
Painting the world
Click HERE to see more photos of the EC embracing the Jewish Holidays!
Our Young Readers are Soaring!
The Kindergarteners of Parparim are jumping into reading! Gavi and Anita provide encouragement and guidance to each student as they develop their independent reading and guided reading skills. Before students split up for independent reading, Gavi has circle time to give them a pep talk; they each pose in a superhero (or superNinja) stance to get into the mindset of being SUPERreaders. Click HERE to see inspiring pictures of our SUPERreaders.
A Moment of Reflection
In preparation for Yom Kippur, students of all ages walked to a nearby pond for tashlich , a time to cast away one’s sins. Students discussed the meaning of tashlich and reflected on ways that they can do better in the coming year. Some classes read a story to illustrate the meaning of Yom Kippur; others compiled “class lists” of the sins they would like to throw away; other classes had time for personal reflection. Click HEREfor more photos of our students involved in reflection.